1913 was certainly a landmark - the last year of the Old World, Belle Epoque, on the eve of the catastrophe of the First World War, which will open a new era in the history of mankind. For the Russian Empire it was the last year of peace, with indicators which will then compare the achievement of the Soviet state ...
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The main event of the year for Russia was a magnificent celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov House. According to some sources, CM Prokudin-Gorsky made these festivities in color not only photographically but also on film. But the results of his work is unknown disappeared after 1917 - from all the footage abroad managed to take only portraits of Khiva khan Seid Asfendiara-Bogadura made in the Winter Palace, February 21, 1913 at the ceremonial reception on the occasion of the anniversary of the dynasty
In 1913, Russia was one of the fastest growing countries in the world. French economic analyst E. Terry wrote in his book "Russia in 1914. Economic Review: "The economic and financial situation in Russia at the moment is excellent ... the government depends on to make it even better."
Representatives of the Russian authorities, foreign correspondents and the ambassadors of other countries believed that the full flowering of our country did not have a few decades of peace. Unfortunately, the story does not give Russia a peaceful life, and therefore in 1913 and remained the pinnacle, which sought to overcome in the Soviet era.
Unfortunately, in 1913, Prokudin-Gorsky had abandoned his ambitious project to document in the color of the Russian Empire and filmed only on special occasions. In particular, he captures detail Second All-Russian handicraft exhibition, which was held in St. Petersburg in 1913.
Here are some of the most interesting pictures.
The furniture in the style of Russian Nizhniy Novgorod province
Furniture Abramtsevo studio has, rather, in the international style of the time
Toys for the 300th anniversary of the Romanov House. Similarly, in the same suit as the doll right, Nicholas II was photographed during the festivities.
Just a couple of color pictures Russia in 1913 can be seen at the French photographer Stephen Passy, who in 1913 made his second trip to Mongolia and China.
Two riders, Buryatia Troitskosavsk, a provincial town in Trans-Baikal region 4 miles from the Chinese border. This wilderness, and the lantern in the street electric!
Two soldiers Cossack in Urga
Russian soldiers in the Mongolian Urga (now Ulan Bator) Frenchman took no accident. In 1913 Mongolia - a protectorate of the Russian Empire. This was a very short period.
Stunning color images of Mongolia, 1913. We give only the most impressive contrast to the era.
Here Mongolian portable prison. According to the signature, the woman sentenced to death by starvation.
The Mongols were then, as 1000 years before that, a nomadic people. The role of capital played a large parking nomads formed around Buddhist monastery in Urga.
Mongol hunter in the vicinity of Urga.
Buddhist monk in Beijing May 26, 1913, Stephen Passy
Although 1913 was relatively peaceful in the "powder keg of Europe" in the Balkans it has flared flames. First, a coalition of Balkan Ottoman Empire robbed her last possessions almost to the Constantinople, then yesterday's allies are locked together. Therefore, we show here only a few shots.
Bulgarian soldiers, participants of the Balkan wars 1913
The Greeks have caught a spy in the Mount Athos
Greek military 1913
Refugees from the Turkish population of Adrianople (Edirne), to leave the city at the approach of the Bulgarian Army
City Melnik in Bulgaria. Refugees from the Ottoman Empire after the Balkan War
The Greek city of Thessaloniki, 1913
The shopping street in the Turkish city of Bursa
In general, 1913 was exceptionally rich in ethnographic color shooting through the running in 1912, the project banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn decided to capture on record Autochrom world.
Very interesting color photo essay was made in Ireland in 1913. Then it was disenfranchised British colony with a population of endangered and hopeless poverty in villages. Thus the villagers, to a much greater extent than the urban, the time to preserve traditional Irish culture.
This saw the pictures (Mespoulet and Mignon) Irish outback in 1913
Girl in old Irish costume.
However, and in England met-poor villages.
Village in Cornwall in the picture Leon Auguste 1913
Compare this to a typical English bourgeois quarter of 1913
And so the townspeople lived simpler, street in the town of St. Ives
A little Europe in 1913
Market in Paris
The Church of Saint-Walburgachurch in town Oudenaarde, Belgium
In the port of Genoa
Sellers lemonade in Belgrade.
By 1913, it flourished transoceanic shipping, especially in the Atlantic, which scoured the tens and hundreds of luxury liners.
Steamboat BERMUDIAN in Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda 1913
Americans almost added onto the Panama Canal, which will be opened in the next, in 1914.
Again, back to Asia
Residents of Indian Agri pictured Stephen Passy 1913
Taj Mahal, and 100 years ago was the same ...
On the streets of Bombay in 1913.
Bombeets Right glad that such a small economy and it is necessary so little fabric ...
And a little bit of Africa in 1913
Senegalese arrows near the city of Fez in Morocco a picture of the same Stephen Passy